It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition.
American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes. American Heroes Network presents two guestsÂ Maj. Ed Pulido andÂ Brett Dick as they talk about their experiences in the military, programs for helping fallen warriors and their background.
Maj. Ed Pulido (Ret.) is the Vice President of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a Veteranâs charity which provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded educational scholarships.Â Additionally, he is the Board President and Founder of Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and holistic recovery of our wounded warriors and their families.Â Major Pulido has a degree in Military Science, Marketing, and Criminal Justice and a Masterâs Degree in Logistics Management/ Human Relations. He attained the Rank of Major in his 19-year military career and on May 16, 2005, he was medically retired from the United States Army.
On the 17th of August, 2004, Major Pulido hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D) or roadside bomb while serving with the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus. Due to the extensive injuries to his left knee, doctors had to amputate his left leg on October 1, 2004. For his heroism and valor on that August day, the President of the United States along with General David Petraeus awarded him the Bronze Star with valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals.
Major Pulidoâs story of courage and sacrifice has been featured in Time Magazine, PGA Magazine, Fox News, CNN and many national and local Oklahoma City television stations and print media. Since, his amputation, Major Pulido has been a staunch advocate for veterans with disabilities, specifically focusing on advocacy efforts to promote prosthetic technologies with Ortho Care Innovations, peer visiting with fellow amputees at Brooke and Walter Reed Medical Centers, and raising awareness on the needs of veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (T.B.I) on behalf of the DOD and VA Real Warriors National Campaign.
He has received countless awards including the prestigious Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award, the Heroâs award from the American Red Cross, the Reaching our City Award, OKC Thunder/Devon Energy Community Hero Award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Veteran Patient Award. Additionally, he has received the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Award for national and state level service and the Tuskahoma Brown Miller Award for outstanding leadership.
On a personal note, Major Pulido during his time in the hospital experienced the inner darkness of depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideation that would cripple his positive spirit. This inner darkness he describes as a âdeep wounding of a soldiers spiritâ. It was at that time that he understood that as a Warrior he could not walk alone in this journey. In that moment, he asked for help from his God, Country, his family and the American people. The result of this intervention would put his life on the road to recovery. It would also be the building block for his understanding the inner wounds of war and making sure that mental health is a focus of the Department of Defense and the VA.
Major Pulido currently serves on the boards of the Mental Health Association, Pros 4 Vets, Oklahoma 211 and Operation Homefront. He is a national and global spokesperson for the DOD and VA Real Warriors National Campaign and he chairs the Oklahoma Veterans Policy Academy a partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with a mission to address the mental health needs of returning service members, Veterans and their families.Â Ed Pulido has been married to Karen Pulido for 19 years. He has a daughter Kaitlin and a daughter Kinsley. He and his family reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Brett Dick is one of the Warriors for Freedom founders and is responsible for the day-to-day activities including fundraising, program management, marketing, budget management and relationship cultivation. He has worked with many charitable groups that assist with raising awareness in the veteran community. He served on the Board of Directors fir the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma and currently serves as the Board of Director for the Aaron Alley Memorial Scholarship Fund. He is alsoÂ a member of the Coordinating Council of Oklahoma and a member of the MHACO Veterans Advisory Committee. Brettâs goal is to make Warriors for Freedom meet the needs of our physically and mentally wounded veterans unlike any other organization by introducing them to their peers in an activity and environment that is comfortable to them.
This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety. Tune in everyÂ Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.